Slump in Decembers for mortgage lending

I have completed an article about a lending slump during December 2017. Read here https://www.mortgagestrategy.co.uk/mortgage-lending-slump-december-bank-england/ I would agree about a lending slump but not in December, as our figure show that we did more business leading up to Christmas than we had over the last 5 years. January, on the other hand, has been very quiet for most of the businesses in our industry. Maybe Scotland is one month behind the trend in England, but it is interesting contras. read more

Equity release at a all time high

I have finished an article on how over 55 are now doing equity release mortgages in large number. Higher than ever before. Read Here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/mortgages/babyboomers-release-cash-homes-record-numbers/ This is understandable because since 2009 there is very little incentive to save and people have gotten use to spending. The only cash available is the equity in their homes. This will work for our over 55’s generation but what about the next? I fear that future read more

Mortgage fixed rate products low because of a sluggish housing market

I just finished reading an article about how the mortgage fixed rate products are being kept low because of a sluggish housing market. Read here if you are interested. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/mortgages/sluggish-housing-market-keeps-mortgage-rates-rock-bottom-even/ It amazes me on the flip flog news article I am seeing of late. One article stating that rates are going up and expect doom and gloom and then others saying how the rate will stay low. I know everyone has an opinion, but these are read more

79% Drop in bank right offs

I have just seen an article stating that mortgage lenders have hit a 12 year low in mortgage right offs this year. The article goes on to say that the Bank of England show that the amount of lender write offs is 79% lower than last year and even lower than pre-credit crunch figures. Their seems to be many factors that include more equity in property and lower interest rates to name two. Here is the article if you want to read more

Beware of penalties for long term fixed rates

I have read an article warning borrowers about the pearls of taking 5 and 10 year fixed rates with high early redemptions penalties (ERP). Read here if interested. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/mortgages/beware-fixed-mortgages-high-exit-fees-brokers-warn/ I agree with the article that a degree of caution is require when selecting a long term fixed rate. A lot of customers may think that they will be staying put in their homes but what if there is a big job promotion, a job loss, or more children. read more